Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bryan Stevenson asks: Why are millions of Americans locked up?

Why are millions of Americans locked up?

I'm an attorney and I represent incarcerated people, both in my home state of Alabama and across the United States...I spend every day with people who are poor, disadvantaged, condemned and marginalized. I am persuaded that we can and should do better to create more hopeful and encouraging solutions to poverty, crime and inequality in this country...This policy of mass incarceration did not come out of nowhere.

Why are millions of Americans locked up? "Mass incarceration did not come out of nowhere"?

This one is a no brainer.

Most times, people commit crimes simply because they want something you have or they don't want you to have something you have - like your life, liberty and possessions.

The policy to incarcerate came out of laws that make assaulting, raping, stealing and killing, etc., crimes that get reported to the police. Then Stevenson and his clients and the lawyers who represent the victims of Stevenon's clients all get to go to a court of law and testify about factual information and present evidence. A judgment is made based upon evidence and either the accused goes free or he or she is incarcerated.

The masses incarcerated "came out of" justice.

Wow. I mean really. What sophistry.

You know what I wonder?

I wonder if Stevenson would apply his theory about doing something other than incarcerating criminals to some poverty-stricken, crazy whitey who put on a white hood and carried out the agenda of the Klu Klux Klan?

Somehow, I doubt it.

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